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Military Veteran Students

Helping military veterans get a civilian education

Best for vets colleges  2016 military timesOur programs and services have been independently (and consistently) recognized for their effectiveness. ‌

The Military Times included MSU Denver on its 2016 list of “Best Colleges for Veterans." Now in its sixth year, the ranking is the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military students’ success rates.

More Rankings

G.I. Jobs magazine listed MSU Denver on its 2015 guide of top Military Friendly Schools.

Military Advanced Education magazine listed MSU Denver as Top School on its 2015 guide of Colleges and Universities.

U.S. Veterans Magazine named MSU Denver to its list of 2014 “Best of the Best” schools for military veterans.

Military Veteran Admission Information

Residency Information

Active duty military personnel, veterans, and their dependents may qualify for in-state tuition rates.      

Military Transfer Credit

For formal military training, a copy of the DD-214 or DD-295 should be submitted to the Office of Admissions for potential credit at MSU Denver. Military training and other educational programs including CCAF, JST, DANTES and CLEP should be submitted to the Office of Admissions, and please contact the Center For Individualized Learning for further instructions on how previous training may apply to your degree.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants who are 19 years old and younger on September 15 for either the summer semester or the fall semester, or February 15 for the spring semester, will be classified as traditional applicants and will be considered for admission using the requirements described below. To be eligible for admission, students must be at least 16 years old on the first day of the semester and must have either graduated from high school or received a General Education Development (GED) certificate.

CCHE and HEAR Requirements

Effective for applicants who graduate from high school in 2008 or later, resident and non-resident freshman must meet both and have completed the Higher Education Admissions Requirements (HEAR).

Applicants with a CCHE index score of 92 or greater will be admitted. 

Applicants with index scores of 70 to 91 will be evaluated by our Admissions Review Committee for admissions eligibility and are strongly encouraged to submit letters of recommendation and a personal statement along with their application at least four months before classes begin, otherwise they will be considered for the following term. These students may also be required to take our assessment tests as part of the review process. Those denied admission may appeal this decision by sending a letter to the chair of the Admissions Review Committee and submitting additional academic information, such as test scores, updated transcripts, etc. Students who decide not to appeal or have their appeal denied will be encouraged to enroll at a community college.

HEAR-required courses

Academic Area 2008/2009 Graduates 2010+
English** 4 units 4 units

Mathematics (3 years must include Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or equivalents)***
3 units 4 units
Natural/Physical Science (2 years must be lab based)*** 3 units 3 units
Social Sciences (At least one year must be U.S. or World History) 3 units 3 units
Foreign Language Not required 1 unit
Academic electives**** 2 units 2 units
Total Units 15 17

Note: One unit is the equivalent of one year of a high school course.

**Two units of ESL English may count for HEAR requirements when combined with two units of successfully completed college preparatory English.
***College-preparatory ESL mathematics/science courses that include content and academic rigor/level comparable to other acceptable courses may satisfy HEAR requirements.
****Acceptable Academic Electives include additional courses in English, mathematics, natural/physical sciences and social sciences, foreign languages, art, music, journalism, drama, computer science, honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate courses, and appropriate CTE courses.

Academic Requirements

Applicants must request that the following information be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the high school or testing agency before an admissions decision can be made:

  • ACT or SAT test results
  • Official high school transcript with GPA and class rank
  • This information may be submitted at the end of the sixth, seventh, or eighth semester of high school, but no later than six weeks before the expected term of enrollment. An official final transcript with date of graduation must be on file with the Office of Admissions before the start of the semester at the University and students will not be permitted to register for a second semester until this credential is received. Students must request the transcript and verify that the high school transcript with date of graduation sent by the high school and has been received by the Office of Admissions.
  • Beginning in 2008, students 19 and under who earn a GED and apply to a four year institution must meet the HEAR academic requirements. If a student’s transcript does not meet the Higher Education Admissions Requirements, he/she may be admitted provisionally.
  • ACT or SAT results are not required with a GED. Official GED certificates must be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions by the issuing agency before an applicant can be accepted.

Applicants who are 20 and older on September 15 for either the summer semester or the fall semester, or February 15 for the spring semester, will be considered for admission using the following requirements:

  • Applicants will be admitted to the college upon indicating on the Application for Admission that they have graduated from high school or that they have received a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or the equivalent. A GED issued through the military will be considered on an individual basis. Official high school transcripts with graduation date or official GED scores must be received prior to an admissions decision being made.
  • By submitting the Application for Admission, degree-seeking applicants are certifying that they will request either a high school transcript with date of graduation or GED test scores be sent to the Office of Admissions. Degree-seeking students will not be permitted to register for a second semester until this credential is received. Official high school transcripts with graduation date or official GED scores must be received prior to an admissions decision being made.
  • The ACT or SAT is not required for admission, but is highly recommended for advising purposes.

Did you know MSU Denver's President, Janine Davidson, Ph.D., is a military veteran?

It's true! For 10 years in the U.S. Air Force, President Davidson flew combat support, airdrop and humanitarian missions all over the world. Dr. Davidson also served as an instructor at the Air Force Academy, earned the rank of second lieutenant and was the first woman to pilot a C-130. Read her welcome letter to our veteran and military students.


MSU Denver’s Veteran and Military Student Services coordinates many programs, groups and events for veterans and current military members, including:

  • A veteran-specific new student orientation program helps vets transitioning out of military into civilian and student life.
  • The Veterans Education Benefits Office serves as a liaison with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • A variety of campus resources to ensure your success as a student.
MSU Denver is nationally recognized for its efforts to serve military veterans.
MSU Denver is nationally
recognized for serving military


More than 1,000 MSU Denver students—including more than 25 active military personnel and more than 80 faculty and staff—are veterans.


For more information about MSU Denver, please contact an admissions counselor:

Paul Cesare 
Assistant Director for Veteran and Military Student Recruitment

For Veteran/Military students with transfer credits:
Audrey Jones
Transfer Admissions Counselor


Madeline Marshall, military veteran student "MSU Denver gives you the tools and opportunities you need to succeed. Leaving the military is not easy, but going to college doesn’t have to be difficult. MSU Denver provides ways to make the transition easier. Knowing that a university wants me to succeed just as much as I want to succeed is a positive experience that will stay with me forever.”

- Madeline Marshall, Military Veteran Student

English major with concentration in Secondary Education

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